Eric Gokcen '80

Coach McQuade was much more than a coach and a teacher. He had this innate ability to make you feel valuable and encouraged you to aspire for greatness. On the baseball field, even though I was average (at best), he spoke to me as if the team’s whole season depended upon me. He encouraged me to live up to a potential I didn’t even know existed. I’ve carried that encouragement with me, always striving for the best I can be. As an orthopaedic surgeon who has cared for patients around the world, from an African President to impoverished African children and many people in between, I hope that Coach can feel content knowing that he has been an integral part of the person that I am today. I am grateful to have been blessed to have Coach McQuade as my teacher, coach, and friend. Dear Coach, may God bless your time of retirement, and may you reap the many fruits of your labor.
Coach McQuade was much more than a coach and a teacher. He had this innate ability to make you feel valuable and encouraged you to aspire for greatness. On the baseball field, even though I was average (at best), he spoke to me as if the team’s whole season depended upon me. He encouraged me to live up to a potential I didn’t even know existed. I’ve carried that encouragement with me, always striving for the best I can be. As an orthopaedic surgeon who has cared for patients around the world, from an African President to impoverished African children and many people in between, I hope that Coach can feel content knowing that he has been an integral part of the person that I am today. I am grateful to have been blessed to have Coach McQuade as my teacher, coach, and friend. Dear Coach, may God bless your time of retirement, and may you reap the many fruits of your labor.
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